This isn't the kind of book you read to give you warm fuzzy feelings and sweet dreams. It is actually quite disturbing in places; but it was an expose and she didn't know what she'd find when she got "committed" to the insane asylum. And what she found was shocking.
Not that I was
Institutions like these where no outsiders are allowed to
penetrate seem to breed monsters for wardens/ nurses/ doctors. But it
was still rather horrifying. The GOOD news is that Nellie Bly,by means
of her expose ( being a journalist with connections) was able to raise
some $1,000,000 for the improvement of the treatment of the mentally
Interestingly, it was not difficult for Nellie to feign insanity
and get committed and very difficult to plead sanity once she was in.
In fact, Nellie mentions several women who were "on the inside" and were
as sane as she was but who were committed by their cruel family members
or couldn't speak English. Sadly, there was no one on the outside to
command their release in ten days.